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Hit in eye by basketball. How do I avoid shiner? Its picture day.

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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In brief: Ice, luck

Usually a basketball hit, only affects the soft tissue around the eye.
If your vision is ok and the eyeball not red and no flashing lights or floaters are seen, then you can wait it out. Ice will minimize bleeding in the soft tissues but if enough vessels are damaged, you will be stuck with a shiner. This is a chance to raid your mom's cosmetics to cover up the bruising.

In brief: Ice, luck

Usually a basketball hit, only affects the soft tissue around the eye.
If your vision is ok and the eyeball not red and no flashing lights or floaters are seen, then you can wait it out. Ice will minimize bleeding in the soft tissues but if enough vessels are damaged, you will be stuck with a shiner. This is a chance to raid your mom's cosmetics to cover up the bruising.
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